Africa

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Initiative Launched [viewed]

16 February 2012: The US, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico and Sweden, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane.

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SADC Climate Outlook Highlights Erratic Rainfall [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has released a Climate Outlook for the period February - April 2012, which outlines the climate outlook aggregated from available models. It highlights that SADC Member countries have experienced erratic rainfall distribution and that this trends is expected to increase.

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World Bank President Robert Zoellick Will Not Seek Another Term [viewed]

World Bank15 February 2012: The President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has announced his plan to step down at the end of his five-year term, on 30 June 2012.

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BASIC Countries Develop Joint Statement, Object to EU Aviation Carbon Tax [viewed]

14 February 2012: The tenth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which ministers indicate their "firm opposition" to the inclusion of international aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS).

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Event: First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress [viewed]

The Congress will provide a platform for African forest scientists, forest managers and policy makers and their colleagues from other parts of the world to share and exchange information and experiences on critical issues affecting forest and wildlife resources in Africa. The overall goal of the congress is to demonstrate how forest science is impacting on livelihoods, environmental management and development in Africa. The Congress will highlight research that puts relevant information in the hands of forest communities, forest managers, policy makers, the private sector and civil society. Specific themes to be covered will include: Forests and Climate Change; Forests and Water; Forest Policy, Governance and Trade; Forest Biodiversity and Conservation; and Agroforestry, Energy and Food Security. IUFRO is the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. FORNESSA is the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). The conference is in part supported by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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CIF Civil Society Observers Elected [viewed]

14 February 2012: The organization RESOLVE has announced the election of representatives for civil society observers for the period 2012-2014 at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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UN/ISDR Partners with African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development [viewed]

13 February 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) have partnered to ensure the dissemination of weather updates to disaster managers in the African region, particularly in light of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa.  

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Barcelona Convention Parties Call for a Blue Economy to Safeguard the Mediterranean [viewed]

UNEP10 February 2012: The 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 17) to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration, which calls for a “blue” economy to safeguard and promote a clean, healthy, and productive Mediterranean environment.

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Seven New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

10 February 2012: Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Ghana, Myanmar, South Sudan and Suriname have joined the UN-REDD Programme as partners and official observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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Commission for Social Development Adopts Resolution on NEPAD [viewed]

10 February 2012: The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), which focused on the theme “Poverty Eradication,” concluded with the adoption of seven resolutions, including on the need to mainstream disability in the development agenda and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

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